The USC Trojans have the entire week off from practice, but that doesn't mean they are out of the news. Monday morning brought the narrowing of some national award lists.
Running back Javorius Allen was named as a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the Collegiate Player of the Year. Allen joined linebacker Hayes Pullard, who was named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award last week, and Leonard Williams, who was named a semifinalist for two national awards on Monday.
Javorius "Buck" Allen has run for 1,124 yards and eight rushing touchdowns on 196 carries this season and also has recorded 28 receptions for 334 yards and a touchdown. His 1,124 rushing yards lead the Pac-12 and are ninth in the nation.
Allen’s best game of the season came against Arizona on October 11th when he ran for a career-high 205 yards and three touchdowns. He is the only player in the nation this year to have over 100 yards from scrimmage in all nine games this season, rushing for 100+ in every game except for against Boston College. Against the Eagles, Allen only ran for 31 yards, but caught nine passes for 118 yards and a touchdown.
Thanks to Steve Sarkisian leaving Buck Allen in the game late against Washington State, Allen was able to eclipse 100 yards rushing for the sixth straight game -- the most by a Trojans since Marcus Allen did it 11 games in a row in his 1981 Heisman campaign.
The Maxwell Award will be announced December 11th on ESPN.